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    • Members of the 3rd District posing with Missouri Senator Roy Blunt

      Brothers and Sisters of the IAFF 2nd District,

      This past week has seen several events unfold at a national and local level that could potentially impact our lives . Between the announcement that Hillary Clinton will not face criminal charges, the very recent police killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, and the unspeakable tragedy that unfolded in Dallas resulting in the loss of at least five of our brother law enforcement officers…. and just yesterday the police officer being ambushed and shot in St. Louis County who remains in critical condition. The national news and in particular social media have exploded with people from all walks of life expressing very strong opinions on these situations.

      I ask that you keep the fallen, their families, and their co-worker in your thoughts and prayers, and I encourage you to see that these events represent a very real reason for us as first responders to remind ourselves that we are the government, and to people who feel oppressed and disenfranchised by the government, we represent the forces they believe are treating them unfairly. Across the country, Fire and EMS workers have increasingly become victims of violence, and events such as those that occurred this week only heighten the potential for that to occur.

      Many of our members have been expressing concerns and opinions on social media and in the firehouses/ambulance bases amongst our sisters and brothers. We all have a right to do that. It’s called freedom of speech – and it’s a right that every single one of us takes seriously. As we move forward, to make sure we all stay strong for each other and continue to display our professionalism, we want you to keep some things in mind.

      Remember that the IAFF is a family. Everyone we work with and everyone in our respective communities – the people who pay our salaries and who we put our lives on the line to protect – are also a part of our extended family.

      This broader family is made up of people of many races, colors, creeds, national origins, genders, sexual orientations, income levels and religions.

      And just as important as our right to free speech, every single one of us has the right to a safe and respectful workplace, and to be treated with respect.

      We also have a responsibility to be respectful to others at all times. It is crucial that, as leaders and as trusted protectors of our community, we make our display of respect universal. Nothing less is acceptable.

      Every single one of us has a role in this.

      Before you speak; before you talk to others in the community or to someone on the side during a call; before you post a comment or share a link on Facebook, or Twitter, or Instagram; think about the message you are sending (intentional or not). Because the photos, the cartoons and news articles with the political opinions, the info graphics you send around, are a reflection on not only you but on all of those with whom you serve.

      And as we all know too well, those who work against us, those who don’t like what we stand for, it takes just one mistake, one slip up, for them to grab hold and make a big deal out of something, no matter how small, unfair or out of context it may be. Yes, we are held at a higher standard.

      It’s a tough spot to be in, but it’s what every single one of us chose willingly when we signed up for this job.

      Because of the work all of you do every day, we have a very high standing within our communities. Overwhelmingly, the public holds us in high regard.

      To continue to be effective, to continue to hold the trust, to continue to be able to work to improve our lives and safety on the job, we need to maintain that standing.

      At the end of the day, we all share one thing in common – to ensure the safety of the public (and each other) we so proudly serve while doing the job we love. That’s what unites us. That’s what makes us strong. We all work side-by-side, everyday in life and death situations. And we all have a role in keeping our union and our ranks strong.  Please stay alert, familiar with your surroundings and lets continue to have each other’s back.


      Stay Safe

      In Solidarity,

      Mark Woolbright
      IAFF 2nd District Vice President

      The delegates who attended the annual Southern Federation of Professional Fire Fighters Conference which was held May 19-22, 2016 in Atlanta, GA unanimously endorsed this Collective Bargaining Resolution that was submitted by the Greater Kansas City Fire Fighters Local 42. 

      If your Local would like to be submitted as a Co-Sponsor of this Resolution please contact Tim Dupin via E-mail: tdupin@iaff42.org.  Please include your Local or Association Number and President with the authority to authorize sponsorship.  The deadline to be included as a sponsor shall be June 15, 2016. 

      If you have any questions or need further information please contact Tim Dupin at 816.516.4964.

      The Missouri Times, December 29, 2015

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters (MSCFF), the largest fire fighter union in the state, elected Sherwood Smith as their newest president Dec. 14.

      “It’s humbling, I appreciate it and I feel good about them having confidence in me,” Smith said.

      Smith has a long history as a fire fighter and as a leader in the firefighting community. He has served in the Kansas City, Missouri Fire Department for over 35 years and for 25 of those, he has been a captain. He has also earned the Medal of Bravery, the department’s second highest honor, twice, and he has been active in politics at both the local in Kansas City and working on campaigns for Noel Torpey, Sam Graves, Gov. Jay Nixon and Sen. Claire McCaskill.

      After losing an election for a seat in the Kansas City legislature in 2014, Smith will have a chance to influence policy and guide the over 6,000 volunteer members of his union at the state level.

      “We advocate for all first responders which includes prosecutors, EMS, nurses, fire fighters, so some of the things we’re looking for is things that affect public safety,” Smith said, making direct mention of Rep. Jeanie Lauer’s 911 legislation.

      “[It] makes sure that anyone with a mobile phone can dial 911, that’s probably one of our top priorities,” he said.

      Smith added that the upcoming session and the session to come in years ahead would offer a lot of opportunities for the union and that he was proud to be placed at the helm.

      “It’s going to be a big task,” Smith said. “We have a great team in place, and the previous president did a great job. But there are challenges still in front of us and I appreciate them having the confidence in me to think we can move to the next level.”

      The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters is proud to introduce our newest communication tool; the UnionActive™ Mobile Application for Android, iOS Smartphones and Tablets. 

      This new technology works in concert with our website.  All this is required to use the Mobile App is to be a registered user with the MSCFF website.  We will soon provide all registered members a link to download the Mobile App via Google Play or iTunes Store thru our website Email system.

      If you are not currently a registered member we would like to encourage you to visit our website and register.  Once you have been approved you will have complete access to the latest information regarding Fire Fighter Issues within Missouri right in the palm of your hand.  Please allow 24 to 48 hours to be approved once you have registered.  

      Once you download the Mobile App, you will log into the application with the same User Name and Password that you established to access the MSCFF website.  From that point forward each time you launch the Mobile App you are already logged in and can access the Members Only Section of the website via the Mobile App.

      The Delegates at the 50th IAFF Convention passed Resolution #23 "Our Good Name" which applies to the use of the IAFF Logo.

      This resolution condemns the act of ordering or applying this union’s good name in the form of the IAFF Logo, the letters IAFF or the words “International Association of Fire Fighters” to any piece of apparel or merchandise that is not UNION made, or is made outside of the United States of America or Canada.

      Union Shop Apparel is one of the only organizations within North America that fully complies with Resolution #23.  All of the employees at Union Shop Apparel are members of IUPAT Local 820.  We invite you to visit their website and checkout their new Online Store.  They specialize in Custom Embroidery and Silk Screening.


      What's New at MSCFF

      The 2016 Missouri Fallen Firefighter Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 Candlelight Service at 9:00 PM and on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 10:30 AM.  Both events will be held rain or shine.  More information may be available at Fire Fighters Association of Missouri.

      Honor Guard Information: Captain Pat Furlong, South Metro Fire Protection District 816.916.7992 or via E-mail: pfurlong@southmetrofire.org.

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      4F Charitable Golf Tournament
      07/28/16 - Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire
      Philadelphia Fire LODD
      07/28/16 - Chester Firefighters Local 1400
      Our thoughts and prayers go out to our brothers and sisters in the Philadelphia Fire Department and IAFF Local 22 on the Line of Duty Death of Gabe Lee.
      Dewey Henry Scholarship Awards
      07/28/16 - IAFF Local 1403
      Congratulations to the recipients of the Local 1403 Dewey Henry Scholarship. Local 1403 is proud of our members families and their accomplishments.
      IAFF Local 42 Night at KC Royals
      07/28/16 - IAFF Local 42
      Group 4 - Workig Fire - Box 368 - 46 VanNess Road - 7/28/16
      07/27/16 - Belmont Fire Fighters
      At 1844 Belmont Fire Alarm received a call reporting a garage fire. Box 368 was struck, initial response was Engine 2, Ladder 1 and C3. Engine 1 cleared a medical shortly after the initial alarm and responded. On arrival a Working Fire was ordered by Captain Gardiner. The fire was knocked down quickly and no extension to the adjacent house.
      Firefighters union works to get ID kits for kids
      07/27/16 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
      Oxford firefighter Kevin Snell (left) and Lindon Palushaj, co-owner of the 24th Street Sports Tavern, are teaming up to keep local children safe. More than 800,000 children go missing or are abducted each year in the United States, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
      DFD Local 858 Chili Cook-Off - Sept 30th
      07/27/16 - Colorado Professional Fire Fighters
      Check out the attached flyer and rules and regulations.  Come out and support Local 858 and MDA.
      Union Meetings Date Changes
      07/27/16 - Boston Fire Fighters
      Westminster Golf Tournament
      07/27/16 - Colorado Professional Fire Fighters
      Brothers and Sisters, Mark your calendars, Westminster Firefighters will host their inaugural CPFF Golf Tournament, September 9th at Hyland Hills Gold Course with a 8:00 am shotgun start.  Come out and support our Brothers and Sisters from Local 2889.  Please see the attached flyer.
      Missoula Fire implementing new CPR standards
      07/27/16 - IAFF Local 271
      The Missoula Fire Department is taking on new CPR standards, hoping to save more lives than ever before. Beginning on Tuesday, the Department started training the new standards, with an emphasis on saving more patients from cardiac arrest.
      2016 Sarah's Ride
      07/27/16 - Professional Firefighters of Maine
      Brothers and Sisters, friends and family will you join us for the 7th Annual Sarah's Ride? Over the past 7 years we have joined together. First, to support Sarah and her family then after loosing our sister we rode to remember and honor her memory. We created a scholarship to Camp Fully Involved that has given nearly 20 young women the chance to experience firefighting first hand.
      Montpelier FD Job Opening
      07/26/16 - Professional Fire Fighters of Vermont
      Hot Car Safety
      07/26/16 - IAFF Local 902
      Heatstroke is one of the leading causes of death among children. Unfortunately, even great parents can forget a child in the back seat. Other risk factors include caregivers who aren't used to driving kids or whose routine suddenly changes.
      FIREFIGHTER OLYMPICS SOCCER 2016
      07/26/16 - Richardson Fire Fighters Association
      in their 1st year to play in the Olympics, The Richardson Firefighters won Bronze in the 2016 Firefighter Olympics in Conroe.
      FIREFIGHTER OLYMPICS SOFTBALL 2016
      07/26/16 - Richardson Fire Fighters Association
      Endorsements
      07/26/16 - IAFF Local 2819
      Brothers and sisters, with primary election ballots hitting mailboxes statewide I write to remind you that representatives from WSCFF local affiliates convened in Vancouver in June and voted to endorse the following federal and statewide candidates.  Before the 77th Annual WSCFF Convention, your legislative team and District Representatives thoroughly vetted these candidates.
      BBQ
      07/26/16 - IAFF Local 3
      INVITATION "Billy Pine Friefighter Family BBQ" Where:  Pueblo Reservoir-  Big Lizard Pavilion near North Shore Marina. When:  Saturday, Aug 6th (A-Shift) Time:  11am- ??? Sponsored by IAFF Local#3 and the Fire Explorer Post #343.  Food and drinks provided along with many fun activities for the whole family.  Hope to see you there.
      Save the Date
      07/26/16 - Professional Firefighters of Maine
      Politics
      07/26/16 - IAFF 1826
      The Charleston 9
      07/26/16 - PFFA
      Ladies and Gentlemen, The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Fire Department is honored to be hosting Dr. David Griffin on August 11 -13th.  Dr. Griffin is a Captain with the Charleston Fire Department in Charleston, South Carolina.  Dr.
      Female Fire and EMS Forum
      07/25/16 - IAFF Local 21
      Female Fire and EMS Forum: The City of Saint Paul is hosting a Female Fire and EMS Forum on August 10, 2016 from 6:00pm-8:30pm at the Saint Paul Fire Training Center located at 1683 Energy Park Drive in Saint Paul. If you are interested in a career in the fire service, please come and have all your questions answered.
      Rates of PTSD in Fire Fighters
      07/25/16 - New Mexico Professional Fire Fighters Association
      Rates of PTSD in firefighters may be heightened more so than in other professions. See, many people will experience a potentially traumatic event at some point in their life. But just because you have experienced a traumatic event does not mean that you will definitely go on to develop PTSD.
      Featured Affiliated UPFFA Local - July 2016
      07/25/16 - UPFFA
      Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut Each month we will feature the Web Site of an affiliated local of the UPFFA and ask that you take a moment to visit the site listed below: Featured Web Site for July 2016: New London Fire Fighters, Local 1522, IAFF http://www.newlondonfirefightersunion.
      Local 876 70th Anniversary
      07/25/16 - IAFF 3711
      We have been invited to Local 876's 70th Anniversary party on August 7th.  Please see the attched flyer for info.
      Local 3711 BBQ
      07/25/16 - IAFF 3711
      Our Local 3711 BBQ will be on Saturday August 13th on Long Lake begining at 1300.  Bring the whole family for some burgers, hotdogs and drinks.
      L30 NOTIFICATION
      07/25/16 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
      ATTENTION RETIREES For those of you who still visit our website, the Member Log-In has been updated to active members only. The only reason behind this change is for easier utilization of new "Member Resources" notifications & features on the website and upcoming mobile app. The majority of the content will continue to be available wihout a password.
      2016 Annual Picnic
      07/25/16 - IAFF Local 42
      IRS Form 1095-C
      07/25/16 - Palm Beach County Fire Fighters Employee Benefits Fund
      March 2015  Last week we mailed out the Form 1095-C for all Employees enrolled in the Benefits Fund in 2015. This form was an IRS requirement for all employers with more than 50 employees and is a direct result of the Affordable Health Care Act. The form is you and your dependents proof of health insurance for your 2015 tax return.
      MSCFF Working for Senator Blunt
      07/24/16 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
      Overdose Prevention Trainings at Boston Firehouses
      07/24/16 - Boston Fire Fighters
      Dear Community Partners, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph E. Finn, and Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services Director Jennifer Tracey invite you to community overdose prevention trainings hosted in neighborhood Boston firehouses. Please see a flyer attached.
      City Council Special Meeting - City Manager Appointment Statement
      07/22/16 - Medford Firefighters Local 1431
      The Local has been present at many of the Council Study Sessions over the last one plus year as the City Council and Mayor complete a national search for a new City Manager.  On Thursday, July 22, 2016 the Council voted 5 - 3 to appoint one of the top three candidates (Rob Patridge).  This then moved to a second reading which was conducted today.
      August 2nd Voting Information
      07/22/16 - IAFF Local 1164
      Voting Information For Livonia Residence click link below https://www.ci.livonia.mi.us/Departments/CityClerksOffice/VoteLivonia.
      Yes To Livonia By Mayor Dennis Wright
      07/22/16 - IAFF Local 1164
      Here are the reasons set forth by Mayor Dennis Wright encouraging Livonia residents to vote YES in August as published in Friday Musings We all have great reasons for choosing Livonia - great services, location, schools, youth programs, small-town atmosphere, etc.
      Thank you to long time supporter Scotiabank
      07/22/16 - IAFF 323
      July, 2016 - Many thanks to Scotiabank for their recent $15,000 donation to the Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society. Scotiabank is a pillar of support to our Charitable Society, helping us give back to our community with highly-valued sponsorships.
      Convention Resolutions
      07/22/16 - IAFF Local 51
      Good Afternoon L51, Attached are the 2016 IAFF Convention resolutions as submitted.  They have NOT been properly formatted.  They are in their original form and may not contain all of the co-sponsors.  If we get cleaner copies before our July 12th caucus I will try and update you.  We will thoroughly discuss each one at our caucus.
      Please allow 3-4 weeks for all online orders
      07/21/16 - Foxborough Professional Fire Fighters
      PLEASE ALLOW 3-4 WEEKS PROCESSING FOR ALL ONLINE ORDERS. THEY ARE FILLED AND SHIPPED ON A VOLUNTEER BASIS BETWEEN DAY TO DAY OPERATIONS AT THE FIRE STATION.   THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT.
      2016 EMS Open House
      07/21/16 - Cunningham Fire Fighters
      June 4, 2016 – The Cunningham Fire Protection District held their annual Open House at Station 63 on Saturday. The public came out to meet with firefighters, tour the apparatus and enjoy sandwiches from Firehouse Subs.
      Residential Structure Fire
      07/21/16 - Cunningham Fire Fighters
      May 28, 2016 – At 14:35 Cunningham and South Metro Firefighters were dispatched to a reported residential structure fire at 18655 East Progress Place.  The 911 caller reported a fire in the garage that they were trying to extinguish.  First arriving Engine 62 sized up a small, one story, single family dwelling with smoke showing from the garage.
      PFFV Fire Fighters Endorse Matt Dunne for Governor
      07/21/16 - Professional Fire Fighters of Vermont
      O On Monday July 18th the PFFV announced their enforsement of Matt Dunne for Governor of Vermont. Matt is a proven leader who knows the challenges that face our members, and the understands the challenges that face Vermont. He has stood with firefighters on bills that protect our health and well being, and supports issues important to labor.
      L-856 MDA A. Michael Mullane Night at the Fisher Cats
      07/21/16 - Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire
      Local 1826 Gathering
      07/21/16 - IAFF 1826
      To all Local 1826 Members, Please join your fellow Brothers and Sisters for a gathering at Twin Peaks, 16411 Corporate Commerce Way, Fort Myers, Fl. 33913. 239-245-9559.
      Voter Registration and Vote By Mail Information
      07/21/16 - IAFF 1826
      MDA: Fill the Boot Event - 7/24
      07/21/16 - IAFF Local 2180
      The Chula Vista Fire Department MDA Fill the Boot is approaching! Who: Chula Vista Fire Department members and their families What: MDA Fill the Boot When: Sunday July 24, 2016 (B Shift) Where: Sleep Train Amphitheatre 1730-? Why: to raise much needed money to help families affected by muscular dystrophy Please bring a boot to fill, Class B uniform and helmet.
      Coffee time
      07/20/16 - IAFF Local F283
      Thank you to all who came out for coffee and breakfast at McNamara's pub. It was great to see everyone and be able to catch up. Our next breakfast will be happening soon. Different venue and different work group numbers.
      No Union Meeting Tomorrow
      07/20/16 - Aurora Fire Fighters
      Good moring all, Sorry for the confusion.  There will be no General Membership tomorrow 7/21.  An email went out a couple days ago informing the membership we were moving the General Membership meeting to yesterday 7/19.  We were only given short notice of a negotiations meeting that takes place tomorrow.
      Updating Website
      07/19/16 - Arlington Fire Fighters
      Please bare with us as we work on some updates to Local2800.com  Stay tuned to our Twitter Feed as the updates are completed and the website is populated with more current useful information
      2016 Benefit Golf Tournament
      07/19/16 - Arlington Fire Fighters
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